Avenue of Heroes: TAF Unifying Theme to Third and Fourth Loop

The City of Coronado has issued a request for proposals for the Third and Fourth Streets Study. The proposals must “define combinations of traffic calming and mobility enhancing strategies” for the Third and Fourth streets corridor from the bridge toll to Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI). The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2014. The Third and Fourth Streets Planning Community (TAF) believes this is an opportunity for Coronado residents to help define our neighborhood’s future by attending the TAF upcoming meeting and GET TO KNOW US EVENT, to learn the issues and process, and provide your input.

In a recent article published by eCoronado and the Residential Reporter, TAF proposed rebranding the Third and Fourth streets corridor as an Avenue of Heroes: a monument to honor the United States military. Before the Avenue of Heroes proposal, traffic calming and alternate route proposals had been offered, but no theme had been offered to unify the various project elements.

TAF has received positive feedback from residents who favor the Avenue of Heroes theme. It has also heard concerns over the lack of leadership regarding Third and Fourth streets loop improvements and allegations that funds available to Third and Fourth streets management were diverted to other projects. In order to make this project a success, TAF is proposing a long-term beautification plan that will attract positive attention and funding to Third and Fourth streets. The long-term project should also integrate TAF's description of Third and Fourth streets as containing four unique neighborhoods, or quadrants. These individual quadrant descriptions are intended to facilitate discussion and problem-solving by highlighting the fact that Third and Fourth streets contain four distinct segments with their own particular traffic patterns and concerns. Those concerns can and should be identified and appropriate solutions integrated into the Avenue of Heroes theme.

As the project moves forward, Coronado residents, particularly those living along Third and Fourth streets, should familiarize themselves with the language and concepts related the study's focus: Traffic Calming and Mobility Enhancement. TAF recommends the consultant, city staff and Council, and affected residents also factor Accessibility Enhancement into the upcoming study. Implementation of Traffic Calming strategies, as opposed to Mobility or Accessibility Enhancement strategies, result in very different outcomes. Furthermore, TAF contends that two components have consistently been missing from proposals for improving Third and Fourth streets... a unifying beautification theme and accessibility.

Traffic Calming
The first concept, Traffic Calming, refers to specific measures intended to reduce the impact of motorized vehicle traffic in urban areas. Strategies include diverters, such as cul de sacs, or semi-diverters, such as partial street closings. Speed bumps previously implemented on Glorietta and Pomona, for example, have calmed and slowed traffic. Curb extensions, or bulb-outs, like those at Third and F, narrow the roadway and may slow traffic. They also increase pedestrian visibility and reduce their exposure to traffic by shortening the crossing. Other traffic calming measures are chicanes (features that create extra turns in a road) and random medians that force drivers to shift direction. Textured cobblestone and raised brick sidewalks redirect driver attention to the road. Traffic enforcement officers can also calm traffic.

Mobility Enhancement
The second concept, Mobility Enhancement, uses techniques that allow people to move around with ease. It focuses on the big picture, the birds-eye perspective on traffic. It is the efficient movement of people and goods and puts a higher priority on collective modes of transport. Having well designed roads, bike paths, bus routes, rail and ferry service are aspects of mobility enhancement. Where we fall especially short in terms of mobility is in access to local services and shopping. For instance, while we do have bus service in Coronado, it is too expensive and complicated for the short trips made back and forth for services and shopping. Transportation for residents to key locations off the island, such as Balboa Park and the Airport are also lacking.

Accessibility Enhancement
The third and often overlooked concept, Accessibility Enhancement, is concerned with how people access the various forms of transportation. A senior citizen using a walker needs to be able to get onto the bus. Bicyclists need places to park and lock their bicycles in order to shop at local markets. A mother with children needs a place for the family to sit and wait for the bus comfortably, rain or shine. Accessibility Enhancement focuses on the traveler rather than the system. It is about determining whether people have access to the activities that they need or want to participate in. In Coronado, for example, residents increase traffic on the island by taking frequent short drives to the market, library, beach, or city hall, because the residents do not have accessible public transportation to these locations.

Coronado will have to confront the traffic challenges with a variety of strategies: TAF proposes a unifying theme for an historic Third and Fourth streets corridor, beautification, speed and sound mitigation through traffic calming measures, mobility enhancements that encourage alternative forms of transportation, and accessibility to those forms of transportation. While the traffic consultant and city engineering staff will be examining all of these issues, TAF encourages residents to explore their own specific areas to evaluate the feasibility of traffic calming solutions, mobility improvements, and accessibility for all neighborhood residents.

TAF also encourages Coronado residents to attend the next neighborhood meeting on MARCH 1, 2014, to discuss creative solutions for improving the safety and quality of life along the Third and Fourth Streets corridor and to help develop a plan to present to city officials.

TAF: Third and Fourth Streets Planning Community Facebook page

Next Meeting: MARCH 1, 2014, SATURDAY AFTERNOON at 3:00,


GET TO KNOW TAF: Triangle Park Event (Palm and Fourth) Saturday, February 22. 11 to 2.

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Comment by Toni Mc Gowan on February 13, 2014 at 8:22pm
Just a clarification...the proposal due by February 28th is not regarding resident proposals. The proposal mentioned in this article regards the new consultant firm's bid to be awarded the contract to study traffic calming and mobility.
Comment by Councilwoman Barbara Denny on February 17, 2014 at 4:15pm

Congratulations and well done to Toni Mc Gowan and TAF members! I couldn't support you any more than I already do. Keep up the good work. The Avenue of Heroes is long overdue.

According to the city's Balance Sheet dated June 2012, there was approximately $ 10 million in a Special Use Fund called the Bridge Toll Revenue Fund that's intended specifically for Corridor residents. The public money remaining in this fund can help TAF reach some of its worthy goals.

By way of background, I've been the sole champion for over 3 years to stop Coronado city officials from misappropriating the public money in this Special Use Fund. During numerous city council meetings, I've been constantly reminding city officials that we must use Bridge Toll Revenue Funds to directly assist Corridor residents with things like double pane windows, insulated roofing, noise reducing shrubbery and protective property fences that don't enhance noise in the Corridor. 

To clarify, there merely aren't "allegations" of diversion of funds.

Here are the facts about the misappropriation of Bridge Toll Revenue funds:

Click here to read my 25 June 2013 www.DailyCoronado.com article. It explains exactly how, according to the plain language of the June 2000 Settlement Agreement between Coronado and SANDAG resulting from an earlier lawsuit, the Bridge Toll Revenue Fund is intended to be used only in the Corridor to help Corridor residents with the traffic problems they face due to the removal of the bridge toll.

Click here to read the 19 July 2013 SANDAG Transportation Committee minutes where a vote was actually taken IN SAN DIEGO to further misappropriate the Bridge Toll Revenue Funds away from Corridor residents and divert them to non-Corridor projects on which Coronado officials had decided behind closed doors they want to spend this public money meant for Corridor residents.

Click here to view the 15 October 2013 Joint Meeting of the Coronado City Council & Coronado Redevelopment Successor Agency. Scroll down on the right and click on agenda item 11b titled Acceptance of the Psomas Design Recommendation Report Regarding the Pomona Avenue, Seventh Street, and Adella Avenue Intersection Improvement Project. Slide the time cursor under the video screen over to minute 00:12:08 and listen until 00:16.30. You'll hear my line of questioning during the question period of this agenda item.

You'll also hear how entitled city officials misappropriated the Bridge Toll Revenue Fund from Corridor residents and diverted it to other projects around town, in violation of the original Settlement Agreement. They cavalierly refer to their misappropriation of the Bridge Toll Funds in bureaucratic code language by calling it "an amendment to the RTIP at SANDAG."

If you are interested in more facts, slide the cursor over to 1:21:40 and listen as I explain the abuse of the Special Use Bridge Toll Fund in greater detail during the deliberation period of the agenda item.

~ Barbara Denny, Esq.
Coronado City Councilwoman & Mayor Pro Tem

Comment by Councilwoman Barbara Denny on February 17, 2014 at 4:23pm

For those who are interested, here are some additional facts about that 19 July 2013 SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting:

This action at the SANAG level is legally questionable for several reasons, including the fact that Coronado officials intentionally shut out all Coronado residents, including Corridor residents, from the process by failing to hold a public meeting and discussion in Coronado, as well as failing to give notice to Coronado residents about this major change pursued and achieved at a SANDAG committee meeting held outside of Coronado.

Who is responsible? The list is long:

(1) Those who voted YES at the SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting to approve of Coronado city officials spending the Bridge Toll Revenue Fund outside of the Corridor:

  • Mike Woiwode, primary Coronado SANDAG rep appointed by the Coronado mayor,
  • Al Ovrom, Coronado MTS rep and secondary Coronado SANDAG rep appointed by the mayor,
  • Tom Smisek, Coronado Airport Authority rep, and

(2) Those who had foreknowledge of the planned misappropriation at the SANDAG committee meeting, who assisted in shutting out Coronado residents, who paved the way for the SANDAG vote:

  • Casey Tanaka, Coronado mayor and tertiary Coronado SANDAG rep by his own self-appointment,
  • Blair King, Coronado city manager,
  • Johanna Canlas, Coronado city attorney, and
  • Any other city officials with foreknowledge or who assisted.

~ Barbara Denny, Esq.
Coronado City Councilwoman & Mayor Pro Tem

Comment by Councilwoman Barbara Denny on February 17, 2014 at 4:32pm

For those individuals who question how city officials can get away with misappropriating Special Use Funds for years, the answer is open and obvious -- the Coronado budget process.

For over 3 years, I've been crystal clear -- both on and off the record -- as to why I've been voting NO on our budget plan documents, which include but aren't limited to the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). Coronado budget plan documents are blueprints for:

  • Overspending because they plunge the city further into financial distress by growing the city's enormous off-balance-sheet debts as well as other financial problems about which I've been speaking and writing for years, and
  • Misappropriation of funds because city officials finance projects through the Bridge Toll Revenue Fund that they are legally prohibited from doing. Here are some of the projects that the mayor and councilmen voted YES to finance through the misappropriation of Bridge Toll Revenue Funds over the past few years: drainage project on Orange and Sixth, drainage project on Third/Fourth and H, Pomona roundabout.

Anyone wishing to discuss this matter further may contact me at bdenny@coronado.ca.us or 619-302-2274. I'll always be happy to hear from you.

~ Barbara Denny, Esq.
Coronado City Councilwoman & Mayor Pro Tem

Comment by Toni Mc Gowan on February 17, 2014 at 11:22pm
Dear Councilwoman Denny. I thank you for supporting our concept of an Avenue of Heroes and am happy the article gave opportunity for clarification.
Comment by Councilwoman Barbara Denny on February 18, 2014 at 6:46am

You're welcome, Toni Mc Gowan. And thanks for the opportunity to clarify. 

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